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Grateful Dead Live at Barton Hall on 1977-05-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Barton Hall on 1977-05-08

Set 1

Minglewood Blues, Loser, El Paso, They Love Each Other, Jack Straw, Deal, Lazy Lightning > Supplication, Brown Eyed Women, Mama Tried, Row Jimmy, Dancin' In The Streets

Set 2

Scarlet Begonias > Fire On The Mountain, Estimated Prophet, Saint Stephen > Not Fade Away > Saint Stephen > Morning Dew

E: One More Saturday Night

Cornell University

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Barton Hall
Location Ithaca, NY

Source Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (SHN & FLAC>AIFF>Final Cut>WAV>FLAC); this source fixes a flaw in d1t08 from <a href="">source ID 97274</a>
Transferred by Hunter Seamons


1) Warning: this might steal your face - the sound is impeccable, thanks to truly excellent sources for a matrix.

Jerry Garcia - Lead Guitar, Vocals
Donna Jean Godchaux - Vocals
Keith Godchaux - Keyboards
Mickey Hart - Drums
Bill Kreutzmann - Drums
Phil Lesh - Electric Bass, Vocals
Bob Weir - Rhythm Guitar, Vocals

*40th Matrix*

SBD (shnid=4982):

Betty Board -- Master 7" Nagra reels 1/2 track @ 7.5ips>Sony PCM 501. Playback on Sony PCM 701>DAT (Digital Transfer) -- Rob Eaton DBX Decoding (Spring '99) Playback on Panasonic 4100 DAT>DB 924 D/A>Dolby 361's w/dbx K9-22 Cards>DB 124 A/D>Neve Capricorn (Digital mixing console)>DB 300S>Panasonic 4100 DAT>DAT>Digi Coax Cable>Tascam CD-RW 700>CDR (x1)>SHN (Rob Eaton remaster)

AUD (shnid=29303):

Handheld Shure 57's, 10 Feet From Stage, DFC>TC152>MC

Notes: 10 Feet From Stage = Great Instrument Pickup,
Vocals A Bit Lower Than Moore's Copy.
A Few Pauses But Not Many, Tape Filp After Supplication,
Flip During NFA Crossfaded And Is Barely Noticeable,
Probably Lost 3-4 Sec's,
Minimal Crowd Chatter, But With Handheld Mic's, Up Front,
There Are A Few Spots Where In An Ideal World, A Few People
Would Have Been Standing Somewhere Else.
If Anyone Wants To Matrix This Feel Free, I'd Love To Hear It!

Recording And Transfer: Jeff Stevenson

Thank you to Rob Eaton for the SBD transfer,
and to Jeff Stevenson for recording this all-time great show.

Matrix by Hunter Seamons using Final Cut Pro (SHN & FLAC>AIFF>Final Cut>WAV>FLAC)

I removed a "click" sound I mistakenly added to the AUD-only portion of Supplication at 0:06. I fixed this by patching in the unscathed AUD there, rather than using a de-clicker filter. This "click" had always driven me nuts and warranted a fixing.

Thank you for your continued patience and support.


February 14, 2010


Reviewer: Stelling_fan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 21, 2016
Subject: Donna...
A magic show. But St Stephen....sigh
Reviewer: energyi - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2016
Subject: Excellent Mix
You can tell that Hunter Seamons painstakingly mixed this version. Just listen to the others, and this one shines. Doesn't dominate Phil's low end. Audience participation is just right. Look at his notes. One pop removed by blending, perfect.

Thanks Hunter, from one Songcatcher to another.
Reviewer: DTV - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 30, 2015
Subject: I'm sorry, but this just is the best dead show of all time.
The second set always gets all the attention with this masterpiece, but if there's a finer row jimmy or minglewood please do tell.
Reviewer: Darrylizer - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 29, 2015
Subject: Just what the doctor ordered!
I was wondering if there was a good matrix of this fine, fine show and here it is! And it's a glorious mix of both worlds.
Reviewer: theeleventhsign - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 27, 2015
Subject: Epic.
Everything Grateful Hillbilly just wrote. :)
Reviewer: Rev. OG - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 14, 2015
Subject: This Show WILL...
Steal Your Face!
"well now, the doctor call me crazy! some says I am, some says I ain't..."
Reviewer: grateful hillbilly - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 8, 2015
Subject: I know the horse is dead...yet I am compelled to beat it anyway...
So this is simple, as the Grateful Dead were all actually human beings (contrary to various lysergically induced musings), it was not possible for them to play a perfect show. Every show has a missed lyric or someone hits a clinker.

Additionally, every person has their own opinion, as well as their own subjective filter by and through which they interpret a show. Song choice/set list, era, and many other factors influence individual opinion.

That being said I keep coming back to this show over and over. Having listened to hundreds of shows, making my own list of top shows, revisiting those, etc. no show I have ever heard EXCEEDS this show. Personally I am a '73 fan, but there are valid arguments to be made for each era's superiority.

Here is why this show is one of, if not the best. All arguments about Jerry being the leader aside, he was definitely the heart and soul of the band, especially post Pig. Listen to the energy from the beginning to the end of this show. Listen specifically to the energy Jerry had throughout the entire show. Listen to what he is doing on the guitar in El Paso, Jack Straw, Deal, etc. and you will realize that there is an extra vibrancy even in the old standbys at the beginning of the show.

That doesn't even begin to consider the songs that everyone raves about, Row Jimmy, Dancin, Scarlet-Fire, St Stephen-NFA-St Stephen, Morning Dew...mere words cannot do justice. Words like amazing and unbelievable and incomparable don't capture the immensity of awe they inspire. The whole is far greater than the sum of the parts, transcending even time and space...

And PHIL, on PHIRE. Phil is the engine, driving the juggernaut. He and Jerry and Bobby were feeding off each other, inspiring each other, and the crowd was feeding off them, and they were feeding off the crowd. This is a shining example of how the Dead and the crowd all formed a cohesive, organic whole.

As a musician and a person who has observed many, many musicians over many, many years I can tell you that musicians are like athletes. Most especially, elite musicians are like elite athletes, there are days where everything you do is magical, i.e. "in the zone". For musicians, this is where energy and creativity combine with inspiration to flow as if divinely sourced.

For the Grateful Dead this happened many times. For the Grateful Dead this happened on the stage of Barton Hall, at Cornell University, in Ithaca NY on the 8th of May, 1977.
Reviewer: demora - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 19, 2014
Subject: What more can one say?
This was a favorite on tape in high school in the late 80s. I hadn't listened to it since then since it had been in heavy rotation. I have rediscovered it thanks to this amazing archive. Kudos to Hunter. This is awesome.
Reviewer: philgordon - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 18, 2014
Subject: Just Exactly Right
As always - PHIL is where it's at. His Bass is kickin.' check out a cool phil starfire bass tshirt and terrapin compass decal at
Reviewer: a_marmot - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 19, 2014
Subject: Making History
This concert made history. So will this mix. Wow!

Thanks Hunter for giving all the notes the space they deserve. So transparent I can practically see Jerry standing there...
Reviewer: barreramusic - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 14, 2014
Subject: Great
Great show, great matrix. Thanks for all you do, Hunter Seamons!
Reviewer: darkstarcrashes_79 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 25, 2013
Subject: i see both sides
yes this is definitely a killer show from a killer year perhaps their vest along with 73 for post-Pigpen Dead.but on the other hand it is highly over-rated in my opinion. I can't eally pick my favorite from this magical month. but it's really between 5/25, 5/26 or 4/23/77 oops not from May. having said that this is my favorite all-time Dew for sure and a Scarlet>Fire for the ages a top 5 all-time for sure. legend show and always worth the listen
Reviewer: LSD Millionaire - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 1, 2013
Subject: Love the Dead
My favorite show ever,,,,,thanks for learn.n me on the dead dad .RIP.(1955-2013) love ya
Reviewer: johnny hodges - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 24, 2013
Subject: Mama Tried - 5/8/77
Please - someone help me out here. I was at this amazing show, but I've sworn all these years that the Dead opened the show with Mama Tried (it was mother's day). Totally wrong all this time? (Yet) another blown chip? Say it ain't so.
Reviewer: grifftrain2000 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 1, 2013
Subject: may 8 1977
Many versions of this show are available. On a show with such an excellent soundboard and a good audience recording, a matrix is the best of both worlds, and hseamons seems to be the best at this sort of thing. (no offense to anyone else, I havent heard alot of others to be honest). This show is as well known as most officially released material, for good reason. The sound is superb. The band was on fire.
Reviewer: hutley58 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 15, 2013
The best morning dew i ever this classic show....a must have in every dead heads collection.....
Reviewer: Murph16 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 8, 2012
Subject: Thanks
Began seing the boys in 1980 and for the longest time believed the 80's to be the best years. And then this matrix comes along from 1977. Stunning. Thanks Hunter for doing what you do. To be honest I have become a snob. Hunter's matrix or nothing. Thanks again.
Reviewer: Klearjet - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 8, 2012
Subject: 5/8/12 - Hit Dead shows this day in history, I still say 5/25/77 smokes the bones off this
The Mosque rules supreme!!!

Thank You Archives, Thank You Hunter

Reviewer: hampton87 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 29, 2012
Subject: wow
today is feb 29 no dead shows on leap year. so i went to the most downloaded section and decided to listen to this show again. went straight to s>f. this version is the perfect match of sb/aud. nice job. you can hear it so clearly with such great intimate crowd noise. phil bass is so clear as is the keyboards, guitars. the music is so good. if i had a time machince and could go back in time to a few times i might just go to Cornell university in 1977. I went and grabbed my best headphones and thank goodness I can have a taste of what a time machine might produce. as if i were plugged into the soundboard of 5-8-77. wow. 4.99998 stars
Reviewer: BrettC710 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 20, 2011
Subject: How to Download?
Alright, this is my favorite show of all time -- which I only know by streaming it constantly. How do I go about downloading it? When I click on each of the download links, it gives me a binary file that opens in TextEdit and is garbled code. I have a Mac, if that makes a difference.

Please help!
Reviewer: Michael Raff - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2011
Subject: WOW >Jimmy
Best version of Row Jimmy Row!

Slide guitar sounds like a pedal steel!
Most incredible Jam!!!

Reviewer: r0xcy - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 26, 2011
Subject: Incredible
What Dead Heads can do with their CPUs. A-Fucking-mazing. I thank the music Gods graciously. I'm supplicating. WheW!
Reviewer: joseblanco - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 4, 2011
Subject: April 4, 2011
I had this on cassette. Then downloaded and copied to disk. Also as a podcast from Deadpod - thanks to "The Professor" at Mighty Fine 89. And now this excellent stream.

I've taken this show all around the world with me for nearly 20 years since somebody first turned me on to it in Ann Arbor Mich. Scarlet>Fire is only my second favorite. The jam on Not Fade Away is first. Jerry at top top form, all the way in tune with his aluminum Travis Bean. Enjoy.
Reviewer: Dylan M - - January 14, 2011
Subject: Keep it going with 77'

Your matrix of swing 2/27 was perfect, I am currently downloading your source for this. Keep it coming. Happy new year and thanks for making these shows sound their fullest.
Reviewer: hseamons - - January 11, 2011
Subject: New source info
I thought this would adjust 97274, not create a new shnID, as what happened when I fixed Crazy Fingers in 10-10-82 before the 24 bit version was made. Oh well, just another source to add to the pile - and that's, OKAY.
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